Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Speed Shop in Strong City

I went back to Chase County, Kansas to revisit my favorite speed shop, S.E. Schroer & Co, in downtown Strong City,  heart of the Flint Hills. The Plymouth and the 5-window roadster were featured in a post last week. This week I heard them fire up and saw Señor Schroer hurtling around town in the roadster, which is a speed machine. He is a man with a powerful aesthetic, which you see in his cars and in his shop, where there are some intriguing works-in-progress. 
Man, I wish I was driving the Plymouth back to Maine...

the handle looks it it out to bring the jet thrusters on-line, but it's a reverse lock-out.

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